|John Grant Jr had 9 points to lead the|
Lakers to the win over Brooklin.
The Peterborough Lakers used a strong third period to pull away from the Brooklin Redmen and take a 14-10 win Thursday night in Peterborough behind a 9-point performance by John Grant Jr. The teams had traded runs through the first two periods and entered the final 20 minutes tied 7-7. Scott Evans got things started in the third with his second goal of the game just 55 seconds into the frame on a nice pass from Grant to the top of the crease. That was one of 8 assists Grant got in the game. Five Lakers scored a pair of goals each and Shawn Evans contributed 4 assists. Shayne Jackson had another excellent game for the Redmen, scoring twice and adding 4 assists while Shawn Williams had five helpers for Brooklin.
Peterborough ran out to a 5-1 lead and looked to be controlling much of the play in the first period, but Brooklin got their legs under them and battled back to make it 5-4 by the intermission. Neither team scored for almost half of the second period as the defences came to the fore and both Zach Higgins for Brooklin and Tyler Carlson for Peterborough were turning aside everything they faced. The Lakers eventually cracked the dam, getting goals from Aaron Wilson and Chad Culp a couple of minutes apart to extend their lead. But Brooklin got the last three goals of the period to tie it up heading into the third.
The Lakers scored the first three goals of the third period and answered each time that Brooklin was able to score. Lakers transition player Andrew Suitor said his team needs to improve but they're happy to get the two points. “A win's a win. We'll take these ones early in the year. They're the ones that are going to count down the road, especially if you want to have that huge seventh game in Peterborough. So yeah we'll take the win but there's stuff to clean up both offensively and defensively and we just want to try to get better every game.”
Brooklin Head Coach Wayne Colley said he's pleased with the effort put in by his team, which was missing several players. “That should be a measuring stick to where we need to go,” he said. “I'm missing probably nine players out of my lineup that would play on a regular basis and that was their full lineup so my measuring stick is okay with that.”